In Summary
  • Mr Odinga has also dared the government to arrest him and other Opposition politicians if it had evidence linking them to the recent Lamu and Tana River attacks in which 87 people have died.
  • Mr Odinga said they would institute a committee to prepare for the referendum, urging coast people to provide a million signatures for the push of referendum.

Cord leader Raila Odinga has asked the government to disclose the number of Kenyan soldiers killed since the beginning of the military campaign against Al-Shabaab in Somalia three years ago.

“KDF soldiers are dying in Somalia. We only see coffins arriving in Kenya each day but they have not revealed the number of our fallen soldiers to date,” Mr Odinga said.

He and other Cord leaders have in recent weeks been demanding that the government recall the soldiers in the wake of terrorist attacks in parts of the Coast, Nairobi and northern Kenya.

Mr Odinga has also dared the government to arrest him and other Opposition politicians if it had evidence linking them to the recent Lamu and Tana River attacks in which 87 people have died.

Property worth millions of shillings has also been destroyed while scores of families have fled their homes to escape from the murderous gangs.
Mr Odinga was speaking in Mombasa on Monday evening during an Ifthar dinner hosted by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho at Serani grounds to break the Muslim fast.

He said that Cord leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar were ready to face justice over the killings if indeed the government had evidence against them.

Last month, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku accused unnamed politicians of crossing the red line and warned of possible arrests.

The ODM party leader said: “They are saying because Raila and others went to Mombasa at the Tononoka grounds and incited people, killings erupted in Mpeketoni... How can you utter such words and play around with the lives of people? If Raila, Kalonzo, Wetangula and Omar have a hand, why don’t you arrest and charge them instead of implicating (Lamu Governor) Timamy?”

Mr Timamy was on June 24 charged in a Mombasa court with the killings in Mpeketoni. More than 70 people have in the last two weeks been arrested in a crackdown in both Lamu and Tana River.

Two others have been charged with causing the deaths of the attack victims.

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